Each mind is a mythology of Self and Non-Self, woven out of facts and fictions. "Bottom Feeder" is a collection of stories by Pavel Somov, a Russian-American psychologist-author, who grew up in the Soviet Union.
Psychologist, author (Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, Eating the Moment), international speaker, CrossFit enthusiast, on Advisory Board of Mindfulness Project (London, UK). A modern-day ape continuously lost and found in the jungle of Real and Abstract, ever interested in the monkey business of being human. I grew up in Russia, served in the Soviet military, and immigrated to US in my early twenties. You can find me online at drsomov.com or pavelsomov.com. I am also on Twitter @pavelgsomov and on Instagram #unprincipledknowledge
Breathlessness - be it a result of inspiration or drowning - has much to teach us about who/what we are and are not.
There is no brain. The brain is not an organ. It’s an organization. An army of stand-alone neural cells, each a micro-organism in its own right. So, when we die, or drown as is the case with me, we don’t die alone, we die as we live, as a community, as a crowd, as a neural colony. When drowning, I didn’t die just once, I died a billion times. Each neuron that ‘I’ collectively was, was giving up its own ghost, informationally de-fragging all of its personally encoded experiences, scattering itself, a life-page at a time, like a file folder that is blown off the café table by a gust of wind.